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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 24, 2011 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

I do pay attention to TDIH on occassion, and the Pirate's World show from today has long been one of my favorite performances of 1970. I think the Grateful Dead enjoyed playing these South Florida rock festivals and this one is no exception.

In spite of some abreviated renditions and a couple of unfortunate cuts, this is a blazing hot show. It's virtually impossible to beat a Dark Star> Other One medley, and this one just rages along like a locomotive. The Dark Star, although fairly brief, is very intense and covers a tremendous amount of ground. It includes some dynamite theme play, never losing momentum.

Other highlights include a terrific Good Lovin' and a possible best ever Don't Ease Me In. Charlie Miller sound quality = excellent for 1970. This one is highly recommended...

3/24/70 - Pirate's World

Morning Dew, Mama Tried, Drums -> Good Lovin', Don't Ease Me In, Cold Rain And Snow, High Time, Dark Star -> The Other One -> St. Stephen -> Drums -> Not Fade Away -> Turn On Your Lovelight -> Me And My Uncle

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-24.sbd.miller.32054.sbeok.flacf

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 25, 2011 12:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

I finally gave this one a listen a week or so ago after having it on my looong list of Must Hears for a while. Wow. What a gem! And does it contain the roots of Truckin in, of all places, Don't Ease Me In?!?

I am not a fan of that song, but not only is this a super version (definitely a possible "best ever" for those who keep score) but, listening to the show blind (e.g. without looking at the set list, which I often like to do if I've bookmarked a rec for later), I figured it would be Don't Ease Me In but had a moment there when I thought, "Whoa, wait a minute ... it can't be Truckin yet!" Listen to that intro. It had never in the world occurred to me that Truckin could possibly have roots in Don't Ease Me In.

Anyway, this show is riveting. Warning: It's one of those that, if you're trying to work, will most definitely distract you! Thanks for pointing it out, Cliff.



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Poster: fireeagle Date: Mar 24, 2011 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

*It's virtually impossible to beat a Dark Star > Other One medley*

agreed

excellent show, excellent sound, A+

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 24, 2011 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

One of the most overlooked shows of 1970. It's oddly compact; if this is indeed the whole show, I can't help but wonder if the band was working against some sort of time restriction (hence the "Out time's up" comment). Whatever the case, the quality-over-quantity setlist packs quite a wallop. Four stars out of five.

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Poster: Reade Date: Mar 24, 2011 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

I love this Dark Star and also love the review from the guy who stood behind Garcia in a line for one of the rides at the amusement park there that day. Priceless.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 25, 2011 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

Yes, that's a hilarious anecdote. Whether it's true or not is another story of course. Here it is:

"Prior to concert, 5 of us decided to take the ride across Pirates World, sort of an ore bucket thingy. While we're waiting to get into our cage, who's in front of us but Garcia amd his entourage...we wait and they get into the cage...a few mniutes later ( we had an abnormally long wait) we get into our cage...proceed to go 1/2 way across the grounds, about 50 feet in the air, and the ride stops...we decide it is the cops who want to bust us (Fla. in 1970 was, shall we say, intolerant of long hairs) so we start smoking everything we have...3-4 jointz each at a time...paranoid, the ride finally moves and we get to the end and the kid who opens the door says "Garcia told us there were a bunch of heads behind him, and to make sure you got a good long ride."

best ride of my life.

57 years old now and man, do I miss the 60s."

http://www.cardcow.com/images/set174/card00363_fr.jpg

http://www.cardcow.com/images/set174/card00361_fr.jpg

http://www.cardcow.com/images/set174/card00358_fr.jpg

Is it just me, or did the band look a little different back then? -- http://www.mcarthurhigh.com/PW%202.jpg

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 25, 2011 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

How cool is that? Thanks for sharing these here!

Photobucket

Tim, could you please make a CD cover for this show with these images.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 25, 2011 1:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

Here was my writeup:

"Periodically the band would play isolated shows in distant Florida - 12/29/68, 12/28/69, the May '69 Big Rock Pow Wow shows - and they tended to play very enthusiastically there. This is a fast-paced show - as the Compendium says, "The Dead are given only a ninety-minute set to work their magic. They come out high-spirited and really go for it... There's a feeling of haste...as they quickly cram in their 'hits' to beat the clock."
Our tape cuts in during a rushed Morning Dew. Weir says, "At the risk of being repetitious, we're gonna do another song in the same key." (This turns out to be Mama Tried.)
Good Lovin' is the best of the month - it has a short drum solo, then Garcia jams with the drums for a while (like an Alligator) before the others come back. Weir & Lesh take over the jam while Garcia sits out (changing a string?) - this part is unique, Weir really churns away on rhythm; then Garcia comes back in a torrent - after teasing the riff a while, they build up to a Hard to Handle-style chordal climax. After a few more songs (including a rousing electric Don't Ease Me In), it's time for the big medley.
This Dark Star is notable for being entirely instrumental - a tapecut wipes out the first verse, and the band bails out before the second verse. It's also a fast, streamlined version (kind of '68-ish in that way), making it easy to hear how the band works together in the jam. The intro jam is swift and focused - it soon cuts off, and the tape picks up again deep in the post-verse space. Things don't sound too scary - the band throws out a few hints of melody - a jam rapidly materializes - and soon the music is flying in streams of ecstasy. They drop in a quick Feelin' Groovy jam - but Garcia keeps pushing onward, his guitar lines turning into molten gold, cascading through the Dark Star riff, then pausing & trying out a new jam. For a moment before the end it reminds me of the end of that 3/23/72 Star, til Garcia sounds like he's heading for a Sputnik jam. But Lesh is in a hurry to move on, and before they can return to the verse, he starts pounding out the Other One riff.
This is a very fast version, they speed right through it - Garcia jumps into a quick St Stephen - the drums beat out an intro to a chunky NFA without much jamming - and they soon hop over into a customary Lovelight, with Pigpen working his usual rap. Lovelight would seem like the natural closer, but Weir abruptly takes it into Me & My Uncle (as on 2/28), and the show ends there. Garcia says, "Our time's up, see you later."

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 25, 2011 3:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Pirate's World (1970)

Thanks for the reminder! This Miller-archived set has been one of my favorites since it appeared here 5 years ago. The good part of Morning Dew is here, the final 4 and a half minutes of it, the beginning is travelling as a distant soundwave across the galaxy - I'm sure it was enjoyed by those present at the show. Anyways, we're so lucky to have what we have and no complaint at all from me about any unfortunate cuts, sometimes I do say "Darn!!!" when it happens, very selfish of me.

The sound on this is very well mixed and recorded, I love it, and the Spring 70 shows are all played with excellent musicianship anyways, how can you go wrong?

I went to Dania once about 20 years ago to see a family friend, but never knew about Pirate World at the time, and hadn't discovered this show yet. South Florida is a good reminder that I haven't gotten the Big Rock Pow Wow Road Trips cd yet. I got those shows on my hard drive and love them, so in due time. Still saving my pennies for Europe 72 box set. I think I would be justified in putting any purchase off till I have that one in the bag.